Similar to West Ferris, Widdifield was named for an Ontario member of Parliament, Joseph Henry Widdifield, and also amalgamated into City of North Bay in 1968.
There are numerous well established neighbourhoods in Widdifield, including Pinewood, Trout Mills and Wallace Heights. Subdivsions and homes on acreages were developed since the 1950s and there has been a renewed interest in the area for new housing. Single family detached homes and semi-detached homes make up the majority of residences available in Widdifield. Schools include ET Carmichael, WJ Fricker, and Widdifield Secondary.
There are many activities year round. On the northeast corner of the city, Widdifield Forest Provincial Park covers over 5000 acres and consists of heavy forested areas and wetlands. Trees found, some almost 200 years old, include yellow and white birch, sugar maple, black cherry and balsam fir. The rugged landscape and wilderness invites recreational snowmobiling, ATVs, canoeing, fishing and hiking. Laurentian Park offers breathtaking views of Lake Nipissing from the trails along the escarpment. Laruentian Ski Hill is a non-profit ski hill offering snowboarding and skiers excellent snow conditions in the heart of the city.
Businesses are diverse in the area. There is a good selection of retail, services, and restaurants. There is a very strong connection to the families and personnel of 22 Wing CFB North Bay, the Canadian Forces Air Base in the city who make up a considerable percentage of the business clientele in Widdifield.
Widdifield has had its 15 minutes of fame. Scenes of the CBC’s 1965 ‘The Forest Rangers’ show the neighbourhood’s old fire tower, which is still standing today. RCMP Sargeant Brian Scott was played by internationally acclaimed Canadian actor Gordon Pinsent!